Do You Know How to Stand?
By Donna Stark
I am sure you have heard by now that excessive sitting has become the latest epidemic of our nation. In fact, someone out there in "Marketing Land" came up with a pretty cool slogan about it, and now we all know that sitting has become the new smoking. From a young child to the age you are now, you have probably heard a conversation or two about how important it is to maintain correct posture throughout the day. Maybe your mom scolded you about it during dinner, or perhaps your teacher poked you more than once, hoping to remind you how to sit correctly during class, but has anyone ever told you that excessive standing can be bad for your health too? You were taught how to sit correctly, but were you also taught how to stand?
Standing Needs Correct Posture Too
Feet on the floor, legs uncrossed, head in a neutral position, desk at the right height, but most importantly, shoulders held back! How many times have you heard that growing up? Well, it still remains to be great advice because no matter what you are doing, good posture helps to reduce the amount of stress and strain that is placed on the body's muscles and ligaments. This includes the time you spend standing at your job too. Want to know how to stand correctly? Take a look.
- Place the majority of your weight on the balls of your feet
- Stand with your feet approximately shoulder width-apart
- Keep your knees slightly bent
- Stand up straight and tall
- Keep your shoulders pulled slightly back and above your hips
- Keep your core muscles engaged and tight
- Make sure your head is in a neutral position and above your shoulders
- Wear quality shoes that provide great support
Wait, There's More
In addition to following the tips above, there are a couple more things that you can do outside of your workplace that will help you improve and strengthen your posture. Here are a couple of suggestions.
- Be very intentional and practice your posture
- Lose or maintain a healthy weight
- Exercise a couple of times a week
- Add some strength-training exercises to your workouts
- Get adjusted at The Joint Chiropractic
Good Posture, Healthy Body
By learning how to hold your body correctly now, you can avoid a slew of complicated issues in the future, such as spinal degradation, joint injuries, body instability, decreased flexibility, diminished mobility, poor digestion, and back pain. And although it may take some time and a focused commitment to unlearn some of your bad habits when it comes to posture, the rewards you will receive by doing so will definitely make it all worth it!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Culver City, Calif.